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White Collar and Government Enforcement

Employers must contend with complex new regulations while facing increased scrutiny and an unprecedented threat of government enforcement actions and potential criminal proceedings at both the state and federal levels.

Overview

Our team of attorneys—which includes former federal and state prosecutors and enforcement attorneys from the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Labor and other government agencies—understands the risks employers face on a daily basis and has the experience necessary to guide clients through virtually any type of investigation or enforcement action.

In an area of the law where initial actions can have long-term consequences, we are available at a moment’s notice to help clients prepare for and defend criminal investigations, quasi-criminal regulatory proceedings and grand jury matters, as well as related civil litigation. We advise clients in all aspects of criminal and regulatory proceedings, including interviews, hearings, trials and appeals.

Building on the firm’s vast expertise in workplace law compliance counseling, our White Collar & Government Enforcement Practice Group provides advice to corporations, institutions, business executives and other professionals. While our attorneys are well-versed in the defense of virtually any type of white collar criminal action that may be brought against a corporation or individual client, we have particular expertise in criminal and enforcement matters related to workplace law matters, such as:

  • Immigration and worksite enforcement actions;
  • Health care fraud investigations;
  • Employee embezzlement and internal fraud matters;
  • Tax matters; and
  • Theft of intellectual property and trade secrets.

In addition, we advise clients on:

  • Antitrust matters;
  • Fraud charges (finance, government contracts, mail and wire fraud);
  • Professional license and disciplinary proceedings;
  • Securities violations and financial crime investigations, money laundering, racketeering, bribery and corruption (including under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) and kickback claims;
  • Environmental enforcement; and
  • Other alleged violations of federal and state law.

Our attorneys also have experience with international extradition proceedings and in conducting internal investigations globally.

In all matters, we understand the level of preparation and attention to detail that is required to provide our clients with the very best representation. As an integral part of our practice, our attorneys are skilled at conducting sensitive internal investigations for clients either in anticipation of, or parallel to, government probes, or into suspected illegal or questionable conduct by employees, contractors or related parties. Finally, working closely with Jackson Lewis' Corporate Governance Practice Group, we pride ourselves on the ability to think preventively in order to help clients manage risk, improve compliance efforts, defend qui tam/whistleblower actions, and respond to allegations of misconduct before a crisis ensues.

To the extent that criminal or investigative matters require resources outside the United States, we work closely with our firm's International Employment Issues Practice Group and partner with firms in our international L&E Global network.

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January 7, 2019

2019: The Year Ahead for Employers

January 7, 2019

Over the past year, state and local governments responded in a variety of ways to national policy, and the midterm elections painted a picture of what’s in store for employers in 2019 and beyond. Jackson Lewis’ annual report outlines upcoming issues, trends, legislation and regulations employers need to be aware of in the coming year... Read More

April 27, 2017

45 Ways in 100 Days: The Projected Impact of the Trump Administration on Today’s Workplace

April 27, 2017

April 29, 2017, marks the 100th day of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. He has proven he is not a traditional conservative Republican, and many in the business community are still wondering about the Trump Administration’s labor and employment policy positions. Even as significant changes in federal policies are... Read More

January 30, 2017

What to Expect in Criminal Justice Priorities under Attorney General Sessions

January 30, 2017

Senator Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General would be tough on urban crime, corporate wrongdoers, and immigration violations. An analysis of his recent Senate confirmation testimony, record as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, and public comments as a U.S. Senator, provides a picture of some of the prosecution... Read More

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July 27, 2018
IPWatchdog

Jackson Lewis Highlighted in Lex Machina's New Trade Secret Litigation Report

July 27, 2018

Jackson Lewis is highlighted in Lex Machina's first Trade Secret Litigation Report. The report encapsulates data sets and trend highlights occurring over a nine-year period from more than 9,800 cases brought under state trade secret laws and the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) of 2016 in "Reports Shows Significant... Read More

July 18, 2018
Law 360

Jackson Lewis Spotlighted in Lex Machina's New Trade Secret Litigation Report

July 18, 2018

Jackson Lewis is spotlighted in Lex Machina's first Trade Secret Litigation Report highlighting the law firms that both claimants and defendants most often turn to when a trade secret case arises in "Trade Secret Suits Rise Sharply In Wake Of Landmark IP Law," published by Law360.  Subscription ay be required to view article... Read More

July 11, 2018
Connecticut Law Tribune

Paul Kelly Discusses the Acquittal of a Maritime Technician in Theft Of Trade Secrets Trial

July 11, 2018

Paul Kelly discusses the recent split jury verdict in a theft-of-trade-secret case charging two defendants with conspiracy and theft of trade secrets. The jury found defendant Jay Williams, represented by Jackson Lewis, not guilty on all counts in "'Suspended Disbelief': Split Verdict in Theft of Trade Secrets Trial in Connecticut... Read More

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One Size Does Not Fit All: The Need for a Tailored Code of Conduct
March 22, 2019

Codes of Conduct are designed to set forth an organization’s values and principles, while detailing expectations for employees. In many ways, it is one of the most important documents an organization can develop. Read More

Best Practices for Boards and Individual Directors
March 22, 2019

In today’s climate, boards are under increased scrutiny and governance continues to be a key compliance function. As a result, sound governance practices are an important focus for organizations. Read More

Ninth Circuit Rules Alleged FCPA Violation Cannot Support SOX Claim
March 8, 2019

In Wadler v. Bio-Rad Labs., Inc., the Ninth Circuit narrowed the circumstances under which a plaintiff can prove a Sarbanes-Oxley Act (“SOX”) claim. Read More

By Alyssa M. Toft and Rich Cino